How to Make and Freeze Marinara Sauce

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This basic marinara sauce recipe will become your new favorite addition to any Italian meal! It makes a large batch, perfect for freezing. Plus, this quick marinara sauce can be used in a limitless number of different ways. Prepare a batch on Sunday night, and use some for lasagna or a baked pasta casserole. Freeze the rest and thaw for an easy marinara sauce-covered spaghetti dinner later in the month. The possibilities are limitless!

Use this quick marinara sauce recipe on our Skinny Spaghetti, Baked Chicken Parmesan, or Super Veggie Lasagna.

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How to Make and Freeze Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is versatile and can be used in a plethora of dishes and this recipe will have you eating Italian every night!
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 20 people
Serving Size
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions medium, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 84 ounces no-salt-added crushed tomatoes cans
  • 3 tablespoons basil fresh, thinly sliced or substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh or substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, 6 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.
  • Add vinegar, and cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour, or until thickened.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Keto, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb

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Freezing Instructions:

Cool sauce to room temperature, and ladle into plastic containers or zip-top freezer bags. We recommend freezing in 3-cup portions, which is equivalent to 6 servings of sauce, or in 1-cup portions for a smaller household. Store in freezer up to 4 months.

Thawing and Reheating Instructions:

Thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, place frozen sauce in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir occasionally until sauce comes to a simmer. Sauce can also be thawed in microwave until heated through.

Mix-Ins and Variations:

  • Add chopped, roasted vegetables or sautéed mushrooms for a chunkier sauce.
  • Stir nonfat plain Greek yogurt in warm sauce to create a creamy texture and add a boost of protein.
  • Puree sauce with roasted red peppers.

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